Should You Make Your Own Food for Your Boston Terriers?

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Those of you who have been reading this blog for awhile, know that I cooked for my Rose the Boston Terrier for years after she was diagnosed with hemolytic anemia and it saved her life.  So, should you make your own food for your Boston Terrier?  My answer is yes and here is an article from another dog owner that also cooked for his dogs.

Depending on the size of your dog, he may be eating you out of house and home. You can go with the store brands of dog food, inch your way up the ladder to the Purinas or Ken-L Rations, or go all the way to the top with the high-end brands. But there’s another way, if you’re crazy enough to try it: Make your own.

Many owners are going this route, especially after so many dogs died from tainted food in 2007. Tom Burns of Bailey, Colo., began feeding his dogs a homemade diet when one of them became ill.

“The vet told us to use Science Diet, but after a month he wasn’t getting any better,” Burns says. That’s when he read the ingredients and thought he could develop a better recipe.

Now Burns’ three dogs subsist on a diet of ground turkey, potatoes, green beans, spinach, and garlic, combined with a homemade nutritional powder with such ingredients as kelp, bone meal, and calcium.

“It takes us about four hours to make it up. We do enough to last about 10 days,” Burns says. He estimates that the final cost is about $1.25 for the equivalent of a can – which compares favorably with higher-end store-bought versions that can run as high as $2 a can.

On the other hand, there are also a host of foods to keep your dog away from. Some can even be fatal…

Grapes and raisins
Macademia nuts

Whether making your own dog food is really worth the trouble is up to you, but here’s one key ingredient: Consult your veterinarian first.

But Burns is a believer. The sick dog that first pushed him into homemade food lived to be 19½.

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And if you think that is may difficult to cook for your dogs Buy books by my friend Sally Ann Cavanaugh

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